Sacked NRL player Ben Barba expected to plead guilty: Lawyer

Former NRL player Ben Barba is expected to plead guilty to public nuisance offences, his lawyer says following a brief court appearance in Townsville Magistrates Court. Barba's lawyer, Campbell MacCallum, said on Friday he requested the matters be transferred to Mackay Magistrates Court on the April 16 for a plea date. Former NRL player Ben Barba speaks with media outside […]

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How much more can the NRL do to protect players from themselves?

On Tuesday night, Australian Olympic Committee president John Coates held his annual Christmas drinks at the rooftop bar of the MCA building overlooking Sydney Harbour. It was an exclusive party attended not only by Coates’ close mates but also some of the country’s leading sporting administrators. Charged: Jack De Belin leaves Wollongong Police Station on Thursday.Credit:Nine News In one corner, […]

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NRL grand final: How the Roosters and Storm players rated

Roosters 1. James Tedesco: Was smooth while involved in backline movements on either side of the ruck, and as ferocious as ever in kick returns. 8/10 2. Daniel Tupou: Scored the opener and didn't put a foot wrong – ran for almost 200 metres and was safe in defence. 7.5  3. Latrell Mitchell: Yet again in 2018, the young centre absolutely had Will Chambers' […]

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NRL crowds show why Raiders should be at home

It's time. Time for an NRL backflip. Time to change the rules so the Canberra Raiders can play preliminary finals at home. In the wake of a weekend of disappointing crowds, chief executive Todd Greenberg needs to change his stance on where the Raiders host grand-final qualifiers. Currently, they have a long bus ride to Sydney, but if this weekend's […]

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NRL slaps Bulldogs with $250,000 fine for Mad Monday controversy

The NRL has slapped the Bulldogs with a $250,000 fine over their Mad Monday gathering at The Rocks. NRL chief executive Todd Greenberg said in a statement on Thursday afternoon that the heavy penalty reflected "the seriousness of the behaviour and the damage which has been caused to the game". Sanctioned: The Canterbury Bulldogs have been hit with a huge […]

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